Tension is rising is the USA. Two US police officers were shot dead in Mississippi. Last week.a New York police officer was shot in the head while questioning a suspect from his police car. And riots bubbled in Baltimore after a suspect died in police custody. The mood is confused and angry.
The issue is justice. Minorities in America (non-whites, females, etc) have been depreciated by law and culture for too long. The solutions of education, jobs, and infrastructure have been neglected in favour of guns and incarceration.
System change is afoot. We can choose a soft landing by opening up opportunities, sharing resources, and the “rich giving to the poor”. Even if we do, cynicism and history means people will be sceptical of change for a while. But the longer we continue using command and control approaches the worse it will get.
In Europe, refugees are dying by hundreds as they try to escape feudal regimes, bereft of opportunity. Many are people like us – farmers, teachers, postal workers, shop keepers, even doctors and engineers. We can do more to stop them drowning, though, the real solution is again to promote education, infrastructure and jobs while reducing access to guns.
As long as we continue to turn a blind eye to unethical behaviour in the middle east, even to the extent of investing in weapons, the violence will continue. As long as we allow capital and corporal punishment in our own judicial systems the global moral compass will continue to spin.
We can’t stop earthquakes, like the recent one in Nepal. But we spent fewer, even no, resources on weapons, there would be more for education, infrastructure and jobs and emergency supplies for inevitable tragedies which will become more invasive as climate change and biodiversity loss impacts food supplies and our habitat.
Sadly, the push back against ignorance, immorality and injustice is going to get worse. The sooner global cultural enlightenment can emerge the sooner humankind’s destruction of our own living systems will be reversed.
On a happier note, dancing helps as Dimitri Reeves showed …. so let’s show a bit of love.
BBC: Baltimore riots: ‘Without change more cities will burn’
BBC: Nepal Earthquake